Pharrell Williams has scored his first UK Number One album.
The star’s second solo set ‘G I R L’ has entered the chart at the top spot, beating the Number Seven peak of 2006’s ‘In My Mind’. Williams had failed to top the charts with the four albums released by his band N*E*R*D.
Other Top 40 new entries in the album chart come from Rick Ross (No 11), Mike Oldfield (12), A Great Big World (18), Drive-By Truckers (34), We Are Scientists (36) and Rufus Wainwright (38).
In the singles chart, London producer Route 94 enters at Number One with ‘My Love’, which features Jess Glynne. Singer-songwriter Glynne was the featured vocalist on Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’, which entered at Number One in January. “My Love’ replaces Williams’ ‘Happy’, which drops to Number Two.
Route 94, real name Rowan Jones, said of his success: “I’ll be celebrating by going out for some food with my girlfriend and throwing a massive party.”
Lily Allen enters the single chart at No 7 with ‘Air Balloon’, previewing her third album ‘Yeezus’. Coldplay enter at Number 10 with ‘Magic’, the first single from new album ‘Ghost Stories’, which is released on May 19. The other Top 40 new entry is ‘Cucurucu’ by Nick Mulvey at Number 26.